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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Life Before Her Eyes

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: An adult woman (Uma Thurman) has flashbacks that she can't get past about a Columbine-style shooting that happened at her high school.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri, Gabrielle Brennan, Brett Cullen, Oscar Isaac, John Magaro, James Urbaniak, Molly Price

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketStop! After making your way through the amateurish dialogue and repetitive flashbacks to the same parts of the same scenes, over and over again, you are rewarded with an ending that is pretentious and arbitrary.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: If a person laughs in a theater, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it might make you cry out. Expletives mostly.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: If a bear farts in the wood-- sorry, what was the question?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Nobody does the angst-ridden, rebellious teenager thing better than Evan Rachel Wood. Just try not to think about how she's sleeping with Marilyn Manson-- gross! And isn't he like twice her age? But I digress. What I'm trying to say about the acting is... I never realized how big Uma Thurman's boobs were before.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Much like the dialogue, it's hoaky.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: They had enough good material to make a four minute short film. They seem to realize that though, because they play the good part over and over and over again, just in case you missed how good it was the first twenty times. Oh, and did I mention how lame the ending is?

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Anonymous said...

There's more to like about this movie than Uma Thurman's boobs. There's also Eva Amurri's boobs.

But seriously, the acting is fantastic. Too bad it's wasted in a story that just isn't worth the trouble of filming.

Monique Elisabeth said...

HA! Eva Amurri was good, too. I'd never seen her before. Very natural-- both physically and acting-wise. And she's one of those rare cases that actually looks fitter in a bathing suit than in clothes. Weird.

Seek said...

I was so underwhelmed by this story or lack of, though I found some of the art/scenic aspects nice.... I thought it was thoroughly depressing and punishing to watch over and over again....once.

Great review Mo! Thanks for making me laugh about this double tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Eva Amurri was the Jewish girl in Saved!, but I didn't notice that until I looked her up. At the time, she was just "some unknown actress who can play cynical very well" to me.

Also, I'm pleased that you took my boobs remark as an attempt at humor, rather than piggishness. I didn't mention anything about the performers' looks in my review of the film.

(I didn't think to turn follow-up notification on when I wrote before, so I only found this when I searched for whether I had reviewed Shotgun Stories. I hadn't, but my reply to this film and your link to that one made this review the only Google hit for "Shotgun Stories" steve98052.)